Murder of Crows
Author: Anne Bishop
Title: Murder of Crows
Series: The Others 2
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Rating: Five Petals
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After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.
The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside's shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.
As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.
A word of warning before I delve into my review. This book is dark fantasy and Bishop is known for characters and magical powers that revel in blood. It can be graphic at times. This book in particular has scenes of cutting, descriptive character death, and specific mentions of rape. I don't want to trigger someone by recommending a book that may hurt them, so if you know you have any issues with those sort of things, please tread carefully.
Murder of Crows continues the story of Meg Corbyn and Simon Wolfgard, but the dynamics have begun to change. In the previous story, Meg is on the run from her abusers and she is hiding at the same time she is learning about the real world and her place in it. Despite his outward appearance, Simon isn't human--he's a wolf that happens to like having opposable thumbs--and he spent much of the previous book trying to figure out why he didn't want to eat Meg. They've begun to move past that in this second book in the series and now must learn how Meg's powers really work and how to keep her safe while she uses it. Couple that with some diabolical political intrigue and you only get the very tip of the depth of this book.
The focus of this book is what exactly a cassandra sangue is. We know Meg is one and that she can see the future any time her skin is cut, but beyond that everyone is clueless. Bishop chose to unlock that secret piece by piece in this book. If I say anything more I'll give it away, but it quickly becomes clear that things aren't through changing for all the characters in the series.
Every moment of this story is exciting and meaningful. I have reread it a couple of times and I still find the plot interesting and the characters engaging. I honestly do think this is one of the best series I've ever read and am looking forward to reading the next book very soon.
I absolutely recommend this book and this entire series, although I do have to warn that it is dark fantasy and therefore bloody. I enjoyed delving into more of what a cassandra sangue is and watching as Meg and Simon continue to grow and I loved the depth of the political intrigue that bolstered the plot to amazing heights. I will be rereading this book again soon and have already read the sequel.
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